1 BR, full bath, living room, in garage apt with separate entrance. Right by Shem Creek and Patriot's Point, at the foot of the Cooper River Bridge. Incredibly convenient location: 4 miles to downtown Charleston, 5 miles to Sullivan's Island and beaches. The TV has broadcast channels and a DVD player, but no cable. WiFi in the apt is a little spotty, don't say you weren't warned! Dock, fabulous views of Ft Sumter and the ships in the harbor from the back porch. Refrigerator, coffeemaker, 2-burner hotplate, toaster oven, & microwave in the apartment. Breakfast not included, but there will be coffee you can make in the morning, and orange juice, and bagels or English muffins, and butter and jam. Hairdryer is in the bathroom. Iron, steamer, and ironing board are in the closet.
I try to be there when guests arrive, so I can show off the place, but it works out ok if I'm away when they arrive and they let themselves in.
•The dock has a bench out at the end of it and you are welcome to walk on out there. It is an old dock, though, and the boards are a bit loose, so watch your step.
•Lots of people walk up to the top of the Ravenel Bridge; the views are spectacular. It’s about 3/4 mile to the foot of the bridge. Bring a windbreaker, it’s usually windy up there.
This place is so peaceful and quiet, it's like living in the country, but it is literally 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Charleston, and less than that to the beaches. So it's the best of both worlds!
•The back porch is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the view. Take your coffee out there in the mornings, or your wine in the evenings, and make yourselves at home.
•Whole Foods is only a half mile away, and Trader Joe’s is just a little farther past it. And there is a huge Harris Teeter grocery store across the street from Whole Foods. And about a million great restaurants in this town...
•Kayaks: There are 2 kayaks for your use: the big yellow/red one and the little blue one. Please ask where the paddles and the life vests are. You are required to have a life vest and a whistle with you. A cel phone in a waterproof bag could come in handy, hopefully you won’t need it. These are basic kayaks, and they are not good for long trips or open water. Please enjoy them in the creek here – at high tide you can paddle all the way up to Coleman Blvd and it is amazingly remote and otherworldly. Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, it’s wonderful. Or you can paddle out the creek and turn left to go up Shem Creek. You can even stop for a bite to eat or a drink at the restaurants along the creek. Watch out for shrimp boats or long-liners or commercial fishing boats: stay to the edges of the waterway.
•Weather and tides and schedules permitting, I would love to take you out for a short boat ride in my little Boston Whaler. Charleston from the water is a whole new experience, always different, always fun… We’ll just have to see if we can work it into your trip.
•I have 3 bikes you can use. It is really fun to bike across the little Shem Creek bridge around the old Village, and out to the very pretty Pitt Street bridge park which looks out on the IntraCoastal Waterway and across to Sullivan’s Island (about 2 miles to the Pitt St Bridge each way). Or you can ride out on the new Shem Creek Park Dock (very close by, less than ½ mile), or head over to Patriot’s Point which has a nice bike path and you can ride out to the marina that’s right on the harbor. Or if you’re intrepid, you can bike over the giant Ravenel bridge. Ask and I’ll show the bikes to you and tell you the combinations to the locks. There are 2 helmets for you. Please use them!
NEWS FLASH! I HAVE A STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD YOU CAN USE! (Just one, though-you can rent them nearby). You can fish from the dock, and/or catch Blue Crabs. Or you can just enjoy the dock with the Green Herons and the Black Skimmers flying up and down the creek.
Oh, and Patriot's Point golf course is less than a mile away.
Interaction with Guests
I do enjoy interacting with guests, but sometimes it just works out that we barely see each other.
The best part about this place is the delightful and relaxing back deck, with comfortable chairs and a fantastic view of the giant container ships and the sailboats and shrimp boats and you can see Fort Sumter and Castle Pinckney and Fort Johnson (which is now a marine lab) and Crab Bank and Patriots Point and Shem Creek and oh, I could go on and on about the birds and the otters and the Diamond-backed Terrapins but thankfully no alligators in our creek!
Public transit is not very good in Charleston, to put it mildly. There's a Water Taxi service from Patriot's Point to downtown Charleston that you can bike over to. I have 3 bikes that can be used (not fancy), and they can go on the Water Taxi so you can explore Historic Charleston by bike, which is really fun. But to enjoy all Charleston has to offer, from the historic district to the beaches to the plantations, you really need to have a car. That said, it's an easy walk from the apartment to a Starbucks, also Shem Creek restaurants and Shem Creek Park.
Please help us to make a smooth transition for the next incoming guests. Checkout is 12pm if other guests will be arriving on the same day. So please ask, we are flexible when we can be.
This is a very casual, comfortable place to stay. We have a small dog, (7 lbs), and 3 canaries. They don't go into the garage apartment.
Susan was absolutely wonderful. We've always wanted to visit Charleston, and she made us feel completely welcome and gave us such an incredible experience. The apartment was clean and comfortable (and it reminded us a lot of the house we stayed at when we got married, so we loved it even more for that reason!), the neighborhood was beautiful, and there were no surprises since Susan sent us a welcome letter and reference pictures with everything we needed to know. Not only did she make the stay a comfortable, accommodating one, but she also took as out on her boat one evening for a good portion of time! It was amazing seeing Charleston from the water, and I'm so grateful that she took the time to share that with us. We absolutely loved staying at her home and can't wait to come back -- this time with our daughter. Thanks again, Susan!
This was just the perfect place for my husband and I to stay. The apartment was exactly how our host presented it. We had access to the bikes, kayaks, the bay dock and the massive porch overlooking the bay area. Our host presented us many ideas and local opinions to enjoy the area. She helped us with directions, parking, restaurants, and local tourist gems.
The apartment is located within short distance of the neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant, close to the downtown of Charleston and two beautiful beaches. We would definitely stay here again. It was the best of both worlds - quiet when we needed it and entertaining when we wanted it.
We had a great time! The view was great and the location along the creek was very relaxing. The bikes, kayaks and SUP was an added bonus and really made this place even more enjoyable. Susan was a great host and very helpful with suggestions and took us out on her motorboat.
Susan's Airbnb was fantastic. The Location was ideal, just over the bridge from Charleston and right in Mount Pleasant with fantastic water views which you can enjoy from her deck. The goodies of coffee and milk in the fridge was perfect. Although we did not have time, the access and use of the Bikes would have been fun as well. Susan was always available and a wonderful host. Thanks for everything!
Susan was a warm and gracious host. She left some goodies in the fridge, including bagel thins, butter, orange juice, and beer.
Her guest house is spacious, comfortable, and quiet. It's about 900 square feet over her garage, and although it doesn't have a view of the water, she invited us to come to the main house to enjoy the absolutely stunning view from her front room.
The flooring in the guest house is beautifully grained, salvaged wood with oriental carpets. The bed is comfortable, and there's a comfy couch and loveseat in the large living room. The tiled shower is large with a nice, oversized head. The kitchenette worked for us. When we weren't dining at the many restaurants near her place, we frequented Whole Foods and Trader Joes, which are just a few miles from her place.
We used her bikes and helmets to bike toward a nearby park, although we encountered a downpour before reaching it. It was still a pleasant ride.
Susan even took us out in the bay in her boat! What a generous host.
The view from the porch is spectacular. We arrived just in time to see the end of the sunset. We stayed only one night, but I wish we had been able to stay longer. Susan was a phenomenal host who ensured that we knew of everything we were able to do and gave great restaurant recommendations (porch, kayaks, dock, etc.).
I love the fantastic views from the house which change so dramatically with the daylight and the seasons. Kayaking and motorboating are extra fun here. I do have 3 bikes and 2 kayaks, and 1 StandUp Paddleboard (SUP) that can be used to explore. The wonderful Cooper River bridge is only a 1/2 mile walk from the house. Seafood restaurants also less than a half mile. Fishing and shrimping and crabbing, too, right from the dock. It's like staying in the country, quiet and contemplative, but you are 10 minutes from the high life of the city.